Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rosemary Wells, Author, Susan Jeffers, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $ (p) ISBN Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field – Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides. HITTY – HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS. RACHEL FIELD. WINNER OF THE NEWSBERY MEDAL. CHAPTER 1. In Which I Begin My Memoirs. The antique shop.

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She sits down to write her memoirs of her first years of life. I do remember that, reading this as a young teenager, I was a bit overwhelmed by the length of the book and the old-fashioned writing style, so for a younger kid, it might work better as a story you read to them, bit by bit.

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Published by MacMillan,2nd Printing, December I’ve thought a lot about that. Such a great slice of late 18th and 19th Century America. Apr 01, Mimi rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s a bit condescending of the author to just switch like that for one ethnic group. But also the fact that this female-ish protagonist is completely without autonomy; Hitty cannot speak, move, or act on her world in any way.

Rachel Field’s Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

It might be grounds for interesting conversations with readers who decide to tackle this book. It has a serial type of number The story was inspired by a doll purchased by Field. Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine. The dust jacket is also in very good condition. This was charming, but slight.

Even when the weather cleared, the roads were impassable for many days and all vessels storm- bound in Portland Harbor. It’s a great book, and one I know I’ll definitely pass on to any children I may have in the far future.


Hitty Her First Hundred Years

As this book was first published init will not readily appeal to a large number of modern readers. Smart, Wini and Bruce Komusin. Retrieved 27 February Do you collect dolls too? This is by far my favorite of the Newbery books read yet we started hitfy the oldest and are working our way to jer time. Field married Arthur S. She has been carved from mountain ash by a peddlar. It’s a charming book, which I often give as a gift to young children.

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Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a lo I humdred seriously, where do I even furst Published September 1st by Aladdin first published I think I can safely blame this book for my dislike of dolls now. A favorite from my childhood, which remains in my personal library even now.

Read the full review here: I have four nieces, but this isn’t a style or subject that would interest any of them. A favorite from my childhood that has worn exceedingly well.

Hitty, of course, is a carved wooden doll, who chronicles her life through owner after owner after hjtty. Not as bad as some, but worse than others.

Give it a read! When she begins writing her memoir she is in an antique shop, but her memoirs reveal she has been around the world and held by countless individuals from numerous countries. The wind blew such a gale it heaped great drifts across the road in no time and he was forced to come knocking at the kitchen door of the Preble House, where he had seen a light.

Hitty, Her Second Hundred Years

This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Beautifully illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop. I’m firts I read this when I was much younger, but I guess I remembered it as fusty and uninteresting. According to Ruth Hill Vigeurs in her introduction to Rachel Field’s children’s book Calico Bush published inRachel Field was “fifteen when she first visited Maine and fell under the spell of its ‘island-scattered coast’.


I was so excited! The premise of the life of a doll who goes on many adventures lives on a whaling ship, is stranded on a desert island, travels India, sees the evolution of transportation technology from carriages to steam ships to trains to automobiles to airplanes is eyars very clever.

I did see what the Newbery committee and the children of the late 20’s and early 30’s saw in Hitty, hityy. These older Newbery winners are a little harder to get through because of language and out-of-date thinking, but this one follows Hitty, a wooden doll, and the adventures she has throughout her first years. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I have heard the story told so often by one or another of the Preble family that at times it seems I, also, must have looked on as the Old Peddler carved me out of his piece of mountain-ash wood.

In fact, it was fun and entertaining to read. Read this as a child. She saw America move into a modern era, survived the Civil War, was held by Charles Dickens, and had both her daguerreotype taken and her portrait painted. I would label it ironic-prude. I’ll let the author’s words speak for themselves: Jan 28, Kristen rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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